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      Ottumwa City Council approves goals, endorses National Career Readiness at meeting

      It was another busy night for the Ottumwa City Council at Tuesday's meeting.

      The council approved the report regarding the 2014-2015 goal setting.

      Every two years the council creates a new report on areas in the city they feel need improvement.

      Some of the goals this year include housing, economic development, recreation, and airport development.

      The council also endorsed the National Career Readiness Certification for the city.

      The National Career Readiness Certificate is a hiring tool that addresses concerns voiced by the business community, namely access to qualified job applicants.

      The certificate measures applied skills in three core areas.

      This includes reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information.

      "But there asking for the city to formally endorse this," said Ottumwa City Administrator Joe Helfenberger. "It doesn't cost anything. It just lends support to this program that says our workforce is well qualified to handle an industry's needs."

      Next up for the Ottumwa City Council is a work session this upcoming Monday.